In praise of greenies

Landcorp's forestry to pasture conversion near Taupo saw it come under fire and eventually change course.

Working together appears to be paying off for environmentalists and Landcorp.

Farmers fined for discharge

Te Wae Wae Dairies Ltd acknowledged the operations manager had not undertaken the appropriate checks of the effluent ...

Carelessness was behind waterway pollution by two Southland dairy farms, leading to a fine of $52,000 for the owner.

Manuka honey 'at risk' video

Manuka honey makes up about 80 per cent of New Zealand's $242 million a year honey export industry.

NZ's lucrative manuka honey business may be hurt by ministry testing failures, says Labour's Damien O'Connor.

Far North farm takes top gong

A unique feature of the Omapere Farm is that the farm borders the only Maori owned lake in New Zealand. This is ...

A Far North mixed property moving into mainly bull beef rearing has won the top Maori farming award.

Scorched earth turns green video

Derrick Moot with seed agent Andrew Johnston amongst thick subterranean clover.

Fire-blackened soil is taking on a green tinge as the hills above Christchurch recover from devastating fires.

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opinion

Biosecurity at record funding

Minister for Primary Industries is heartened by Government funding increases for agriculture.

Minister for Primary industries Nathan Guys says biosecurity is his number one priority.

So far 26,197km of cow-free fencing

OPINION: The average dairy cow produces about $25 worth of nutrients a year as farm dairy effluent.

Not all sweetness and light in Europe

Feathers fly over vegan's idea

Field days

Agri startups pitch to investors

Looks like chicken, tastes like chicken - but it's actually an 'analogue meat' produced from pea protein by ...

New ventures will be aiming to impress investors as they display their wares.

Rain doesn't stop Rural Games 

Businesses loved having Rural Games in Palmerston North.

Last year's Central District Field Days at Manfield Park in Feilding.

Big agri-week for Manawatu

Central Districts Field Days is about to descend on Manfield, accompanied by many other agricultural events.

dairy

Another dairying season done and dusted

Calving begins in less than six weeks at Owl Farm.

Owl Farm dried off its dairy herd on May 8.

So far 26,197km of cow-free fencing

OPINION: The average dairy cow produces about $25 worth of nutrients a year as farm dairy effluent.

Feedpads and animal housing are options for protecting soil physical structure over wet periods. Bala Tikkisetty says.

Winter's chill poses extra risks for water

Putting cows on feedpads over winter can reduce pugging of soils and runoff into rivers.

advice

Tips for managing winter soils

Ensuring the right class of stock is being grazed on the right country helps prevent erosion.

Soil degradation caused by leaving stock on soggy paddocks is a problem that can be avoided.

Illegal release threat to new rabbit virus

Andrew Simpson of Federated Farmers is urging people to be patient and wait for the new rabbit haemorrhagic disease.

Feedpads and animal housing are options for protecting soil physical structure over wet periods. Bala Tikkisetty says.

Winter's chill poses extra risks for water

Putting cows on feedpads over winter can reduce pugging of soils and runoff into rivers.

aquaculture

'Promising' results for reseeded paua

A curious seal keeps an eye on diver Jacob Radon during the paua survey last week.

Video surveys and genetic sampling used to monitor paua growth in Marlborough Sounds.

There's money in seaweed

Oyster farmers in the Sounds want to branch out into seaweed, producing the likes of giant kelp, sea lettuce and wakame.

Reni Gargiulo of Kiwi Kai, left and Donna Wells of Finest Kind are off to the Bluff for the Oyster Festival.

Bluff road trip to fly Nelson's seafood flag

Nelson seafood set to star(fish) at Bluff Oyster Festival

beef

Tips for managing winter soils

Ensuring the right class of stock is being grazed on the right country helps prevent erosion.

Soil degradation caused by leaving stock on soggy paddocks is a problem that can be avoided.

Comp heats up for best beef in south

Judges are looking for the best beef in Otago-Southland.

Sam and Sarah Duncan with some of this year's Elgin Angus sale bulls.

Next generation at Elgin Angus

Third generation of Duncans take over Elgin Angus stud in Central Hawke's Bay.

Sheep

Tips for managing winter soils

Ensuring the right class of stock is being grazed on the right country helps prevent erosion.

Soil degradation caused by leaving stock on soggy paddocks is a problem that can be avoided.

More dairy farms are selling

Dairy farm sales are rising as more confidence enters the industry.

A ewe sniffs her new lamb. These out of season lambs were born in a paddock near Awahuri in Manawatu.

First of the spring lambs

New lambs are racing around paddocks near Palmerston North and it is still officially autumn.

cropping

Waimate orchardist takes top spot

Ben Geaney prunes during the Central Otago Young Fruit Grower competition.

Waimate apple grower Ben Geaney is the Central Otago Young Fruit Grower of the year.

Family farm changes with times over 154 years

In their 154 years on the same Canterbury land, Paul Jarman's family has lived through enormous change in farming, from wheat to lamb and now dairy farming.

Zespri chief executive Lain Jager has few complaints about a dream 2016-17 season.

Cracker kiwifruit season for Zespri

Last year's kiwifruit season outperformed every year to date, with high value and volume.

agribusiness

Biosecurity at record funding

Minister for Primary Industries is heartened by Government funding increases for agriculture.

Minister for Primary industries Nathan Guys says biosecurity is his number one priority.

Far North farm takes top honours

A Far North mixed property moving into mainly bull beef rearing has won the top Maori farming award.

Landcorp's forestry to pasture conversion near Taupo saw it come under fire and eventually change course.

In praise of greenies

Working together appears to be paying off for environmentalists and Landcorp.

Discovery

Too soon for the robot milker?

De Laval's automatic milking rotary (AMR) on a farm in Tasmania.

DairyNZ scientist Brian Dela Rue takes a closer look at farmer-less milking, where cows move quietly and efficiently through robotic milking machines.

Keeping the cows in good nick

US farmer works with New Zealand graziers on the welfare of the heifers they take on.

A drone is just a vehicle that might carry some useful technology.

The lowdown on drones

Would a drone help on the farm? DairyNZ has some advice.

rural women

First aid courses save lives

Merv Utting, Grant "Jock" Wyllie, and Garry Woods and his dog Quid.

OPINION: Three wives in three homes kissed husbands goodbye and wished them safe travels. Only two of these guys came home.

Dairy Woman of Year awarded

Rakaia farmer Jessie Chan-Dorman is the Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year. 

Boxes of green kiwifruit are stored in Whitehall's refrigerated warehouse next to the packhouse.

Long road to recovery from Psa

Mark and Robyn Gardiner have gone through Psa and are out the other side.

Video

'I learnt nothing from prison'

Reformed inmate Patricia Walsh went to prison six times, and tells Media Take she wasn't rehabilitated when she came out.

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